Negative Space: science
- I believe in Global Warming (and other conversion stories)
- Conversion stories aren’t meant to convert skeptics; they’re a bonding tale for the converted. They’re also a sign of a religion; science needs theories that make predictions about both what happens when they’re right and how to falsify them if they’re wrong. Proof for human-caused global warming is always in the past. Whatever happened last month or last year proves global warming. No application of the scientific method can ever disprove it because hindsight is 20/20.
- Usenet is the AM radio of the information highway. When people talk about the discussion groups on the net, they’re usually talking about Usenet.
- Cargo Cult Science
“When you have put a lot of ideas together to make an elaborate theory, you want to make sure, when explaining what it fits, that those things it fits are not just the things that gave you the idea for the theory; but that the finished theory makes something else come out right, in addition.”